Five Reasons for a Family Holiday to Florida

    Now is the ideal time to start thinking about a family holiday to Florida. So here are my top tips on what makes Florida a brilliant destination to take the kids.

    1. Value for money

    Current exchange rates mean a holiday in the US could save you cash in the long run - it’s cheap once you’re out there and summer is Florida’s off-peak season. Booking attractions in advance can help keep costs down, with many offering discounts on family and day passes.

    2. Summer sun

    Florida’s nickname (the Sunshine State) is a bit of a giveaway so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that you’re guaranteed sun year-round on a family holiday to Florida, even during the rainy season.

    3. New thrills and spills at Florida attractions

    Famous for theme parks that include Disney World, Universal Orlando Resorts® and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando is a huge hit with kids and teens. This summer LEGOLAND® Florida looks set to make a splash when it opens its brand new waterpark. SeaWorld‘s newest attraction TurtleTrek launches this spring and from 23 June-12 August you can experience special night-time shows and spectacular fireworks displays. Across the street at its sister park Discovery Cove you can come face to face with marmosets and otters at the new Freshwater Oasis.

    4. Family-friendly beaches

    The Sunshine State boasts an array of beaches that cater for families. Siesta Beach, voted best beach in the US in 2011 by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman (Dr Beach), is great for kids. The white sandy beach of Fort De Soto Park in St. Pete/Clearwater is another firm favourite with families.

    5. Outdoors and nature

    Florida is teeming with wildlife and natural beauty that will excite kids of all ages. Why not book a twin centre stay on your family holiday to Florida and combine a trip to Orlando with a visit to Florida Keys where you can swim with dolphins, spot native alligators and discover sea turtles nesting.